Let's discuss which areas we think Andrea should be improving in his game this off-season.
The "fake game" is interesting and not something I really considered until now. Everyone knows about Andrea's head-and-shoulder fake at the top of the three point line, but he doesn't have much else to that facet of his game. For someone being modeled after Nowitzki (or at least, compared to him on several occasions) this could do wonders for his offensive consistency by creating better opportunities for himself and others.Marz in Toronto:
As a coach, what would you tell Andrea Bargnani to work on this summer? From what I can see he needs help in rebounding, help defense, and offensive consistency.
I think giving him specific challenges would be great - like challenge to get one offensive tip-in per game, etc. Help defense is an abstract idea - you can do some of that in individual workouts, but it's more critical that he focus on what his team defense principles are. I would also challenge him to focus on expanding his fake game (i.e., his Nowitzki moves - shot fakes, freeze fakes, etc.). Finally, I want to see if he can be open to more physical play.
Assuming PJ is our new "defensive" coach, perhaps getting him in there with Andrea to teach the new defensive principles that will be taught in training camp allows Bargnani to get a head start.